ERIC Number: ED423102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Child Labor in Agriculture: Changes Needed To Better Protect Health and Educational Opportunities. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
In a response to a Congressional request, this report presents information and statistics on child labor in agriculture. Specifically, the report examines: (1) the extent and prevalence of child labor in agriculture, (2) the legislative protections available to children working in agriculture, (3) the enforcement of these protections as they apply to children working in agriculture, and (4) how federal educational assistance programs address the needs of children in migrant and seasonal agriculture, focusing on those aged 14 to 17. The report also makes recommendations to the Department of Labor to enhance the Department's enforcement and data collection procedures for detecting illegal child labor in agriculture. Principal findings include: (1) incomplete data may underestimate the number of children working in agriculture; (2) children working in agriculture receive less legal protection than children working in other industries; (3) weaknesses in enforcement and data collection procedures mean violations are not being detected; and (4) program operations and data limitations impede the assessment of the Migrant Education Program and the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program. Appendixes include state experiences with child labor and legal protections for agricultural workers under 18 in California, Florida, and Vermont, and comments on this report from the Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.